Luciano Berio: Glosse

Luciano Berio Glosse
Glosse

Luciano Berio: Glosse

Year of composition:
1997
Scored for:
for string quartet
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Instrumentation details:
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
Commission:
Commissione de I TEATRI di Reggio Emilia per il IV Concorso Internazionale per Quartetto d'Archi "Premio Paolo Borciani"
Duration:
6’
Dedication:
a Leonardo Pinzauti, con sincero affetto e profonda stima, nel suo settantesimo compleanno
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Work introduction

The birth of a musical work is a complex and mysterious matter - although often unintentionally so. It is perhaps for this reason that the composer is often reticent to describe the genesis of his works.

I had already been working sporadically for some time on a new string quartet (the fourth), when I was asked to contribute an obligatory finalists' piece to the Borciani Competition. Glad to render homage to the memory of Borciana and the Italian Quartet, I took the sketches, which I had been collecting and modifying here and there, and gathered them together in such a way as to avoid the impression of a homogeneous development or of continuous variation. I thus gave up the idea of a "fourth quartet" and in its place Glosse was born, made up of short commentaries on a virtual quartet or, more precisely, on a quartet which does not exist - a rather complex and mysterious matter...

Luciano Berio

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World première

Location:
Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia (IT)
Date:
22.06.1997
Orchestra:
Quartett Lotus

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